Shopping & Style

Best Places To Shop For Stylish Eyeglasses

April 5, 2011 1:45 PM

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With glasses being redefined as stylish accessories, there are more frames than ever to choose from including local designers, premium brand names and vintage.

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Glasses Menagerie

3142 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408

This adorable store dedicated to eye care for children is located one block south of the bustling part of Uptown. The owners, both optometrists, have a huge selection of frames for small and growing faces, along with a play area for busy kids.


Galleria, St. Paul and Minnetonka

A wealth of stylish frames line the walls of this locally owned chain of optical stores that include eye exams. As the Twin Cities’ exclusive carrier of brands like Face a Face, SALT and Robert Marc, they showcase complete collections so one can try on every color and every style, assisted by a knowledgeable team of specialists.

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Macy’s Optical

Rosedale, Southdale and Minneapolis

Located near the handbags, this department provides a selection of glasses comparable to merchandise found throughout the store. Familiar brands like Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole and Lafont are offered as regular frames as well as sunglasses. The promotions, a variety of styles and location make this department a good bet.

The Optical

3939 West 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424

Did someone say “designer”? Alexander McQueen, Tiffany and Chanel are a few of the premium brand names selected by the experienced team that knows glasses. They are proud of their loyal client base and referrals as well as their customer service.

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Specs Appeal

844 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105

This shop, located in a house now converted to businesses, is full of St. Paul charm along with a hearty selection of frames including local designer Gio and more popular brands like Lafont and Alain Mikli. Eye exams are available by appointment.

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Select stores throughout Twin Cities

Get the best of style and affordable prices for the whole family in this full-service optical department. Recognizable brands like DKNY, Ray Ban and Via Spiga and private label brands including Xhilaration and Mossimo provide plenty of options for every face shape.

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Southdale and Uptown

A dreamy collection of vintage glasses distinguish this optical shop, located in Uptown and Southdale. The Uptown shop has drawers full of never-worn glasses in excellent condition to easily coordinate with a variety of style statements. These locally owned stores also offer eye exams in addition to a trendy selection of new frames and sunglasses.

-Sasha Westin is a local image consultant specializing in helping people learn how to dress in their best colors and styles. She shares client makeovers, style basics and outfit ideas on the Fabuliss blog, hosts an open discussion called #stylechat Sunday nights on Twitter and is passionate about helping everyone have success with style.

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  • drbon

    these places may have cute frames, but the more important question is the quality of the lenses that are made, and whether the opticians that fit them are experienced and board certified.

    • SF

      You can buy the frames only and then go to any store you want to get the lenses made. I’ve done that for years.

    • Linda Chous, OD

      You are absolutely right! The recommended frames and lenses that the opticians at my pediatric practice, The Glasses Menagerie, provide exceptional fit and quality, and the entire staff has a unique understanding of pediatric eye care due to their specific focus and training in children’s eye conditions and treatment. And they are experienced–we have been providing eye care to children for 20 years next month!

  • Candy Harding

    I recommend Fashio Eyes in White Bear Lake 2200 3rd Street – fun, fashionable frames, great friendly staff, and quality lenses and fit. I recommend them to all my friends and family.

  • Ed

    Zenni Optical is the best place I’ve found, go to your eye doctor and get your prescription then go online and order your fames and/or lenses,
    Glasses start @ $8.
    If your hard on glasses like I am this is the route to take, I have a pair in every car, at work, and in my workshop, all for less than the cost of one pair from Wal-Mart Vision Centre.

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